You can rent a server and pay by the hour. This is a cheap alternative to monthly hosting if you only want to use the server for one release. Since the native Mac application of Project Destroyer isn’t released yet, this will be especially helpful for Mac users.

This guide will cover how to set up and access an Amazon Web Services (AWS) server. For a list of recommended server providers, click here.

Video Tutorial (Made by Sneaker Handbook)

1. Sign up or log in to your AWS account. Follow the steps to sign up on the site. It may take a few hours for the verification process to complete.

2. Once your account is verified navigate to the “Key Pairs” link from the EC2 Dashboard. This will be under the “Resources” section. A key pair is essentially a password to enhance security. Select “Create Key Pair” and assign the key pair a name. Once you create the key pair a .PEM file will download to your computer.

3. Navigate to the “Instances” page from the side navigation bar. Select the desired server location from the top right selection. This location should be close to the location of your proxies. Click here for more information on getting faster proxy speeds. Once you’ve done this select the “Launch Instance” button.

4. You’ll be prompted to choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Select “Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base (64 bit)”.

5. You’ll be prompted to choose an Instance Type. This varies on what you need the server for – are you running 10 tasks or 1000? The option recommended in the video tutorial is “c3.8xlarge”. Select “Review and Launch” after you’ve selected an Instance Type.

6. Navigate to step 3 in the header – “Configure Instance”. Change the “Tenancy” option from “Shared” to “Dedicated”. This will increase the hourly cost but will increase server performance. Since you typically only need to rent a server for a few hours this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

7. Select “Review and Launch” after changing the “Tenancy” option and then select “Launch”. You’ll be prompted to select a key pair. Select your desired key pair and check the acknowledgment box. Select “Launch” when complete.

8. Navigate back to the EC2 Dashboard and select “Running Instances” under the “Resources” section. You can view your server here. You should see “running” under the “Instance State” column and “2/2 checks” under the “Status Checks” column. If you don’t this means your server is still being provisioned. This can take a couple of minutes – check back in a half hour and you should be good to go.

9. Once your server is provisioned select it and click “Connect”. Select “Get Password” and upload the .PEM file you downloaded earlier (step 2). Select “Decrypt Password” when done. You will now have access to the login credentials required to access your server.

Select “Download Remote Desktop File” from the prompt shown. You need to download a remote desktop application if you do not have one installed. The recommended application can be found here.

Once you have downloaded and installed Remote Desktop Application you can open the .RDP file provided by Amazon. Enter the password you decrypted in step 9.

Once you have added the server to Remote Desktop Application you can double-click the server to access it. You can also right-click the server and select “Start”.

Setup an Hourly Server with Amazon Web Services

If you are having issues setting up or accessing your server contact your service provider for support. If you need further assistance, you can contact us or message us on Twitter or Slack.

MAKE SURE YOU DEACTIVATE YOUR SERVER ONCE YOU ARE DONE USING IT! YOU WILL BE CHARGED HOURLY UNTIL YOU CANCEL THE SERVER!

View this article for help terminating your instance.